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UP, UP AND AWAY

Great Delaware Kite Festival marks 49 years of high flying in Lewes

Loretta Tarpine, 8, stays fashionable while flying her friend’s Frankenstein kite. DENY HOWETH PHOTOS
April 21, 2017

The 49th Annual Great Delaware Kite Festival held at Cape Henlopen State Park April 14 ushered in spring for hundreds of participants. Warm temperatures and a light breeze helped keep the kites aloft.  Food trucks were on hand to feed the masses, as well as vendors with kite-related supplies. The event also featured an egg hunt and egg toss.  Sponsored by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, and Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation, the annual event takes place each Good Friday.

 

KITE FESTIVAL WINNERS

Best All Around, Gene Bookhammer Award:  Arnold Simon Pikesville, Md.
 
CHILDREN & TEEN COMPETITIONS
Children - Best Store Bought Kite: first, Elio Wiley, Philadelphia, Pa.; second, Ivan Yelk, Lewes; third, Lilly Farhi, West Chester, Pa.
Children - Best Homemade Kite: first, Christian Grensbigler, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; second, Ivan Yelk, Lewes.
Children - Most Attractive Homemade Kite: first, Christian Grensbigler, Mechanicsburg; second, Ivan Yelk, Lewes.
Teen - Most Unusual Homemade Kite: Luke Grensbigler, Mechanicsburg.
Teen - Most Attractive Homemade Kite: Emma Broggi, Schecksville, Pa.
Teen - Most Unusual Homemade Kite: Sam Farhi, West Chester.
Youngest Flyer (age 1): Michael Lombardo, Milton.
 
HIGHEST KITE COMPETITION - ALL AGES
Highest Kite: first, Makenna Bachman, Monkton, Md.; second, Claire Bachman, Monkton; third, Arnold Simon, Pikesville.
 
ADULT COMPETITIONS
Best Store Bought Kite: Risa Hunulk, Baltimore, Md.
Most Attractive Homemade Kite: Phil Broder, Lewisburg, Pa.
Best Flyer Homemade Kite: first, Phil Broder, Lewisburg; second, Arnold Simon, Pikesville.
Individual Precision Kite Flying: Mark Blattel, Milton.
Open Individual Ballet Kite Flying: first, Dennis Smith, East Brunswick, N.J.; second, Mark Blattel, Milton.
 
SPECIAL CLASS AWARDS
Most Senior Flyer (age 69): Larry Krablin, Downingtown, Pa.
Flyer Farthest From Home: Astrid Bruenling, Wappingers Falls, N.Y.
Smallest Kite: Ember Woelpper, Centerville, Md.
Largest Kite: Phil Broder, Lewisburg.

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